30th July 2018

Easing the burden of nursery paperwork

Most people enter the childcare industry with a passion for child development. They dream of helping our little ones to reach their full potential by gently encouraging and enabling them to explore the world around them. But they soon realise that along with child development comes a LOT of mandatory paperwork. The burden of paperwork…

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25th July 2018

Reward charts don’t work for children – but they might just work for Practitioners!

Have you ever heard of Gottman’s magic ratio? Dr Gottman & Robert Levenson suggest that the key to happy healthy relationships is having a perfect balance of positive to negative interactions. The ‘magic ratio’ is 5:1 So for every negative interaction, you need at least 5 positive ones to balance it out. This study was…

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11th July 2018

How do we prioritise our new features and improvements?

There are thousands of nurseries and pre-schools across the UK using Connect Childcare. After 14 years working alongside them, we are well aware that each childcare setting is unique, operates in their own way and has their own requirements. So how do we make sure we’re developing the features that all of our users can…

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3rd July 2018

How do health & social inequalities impact the early years?

I have just watched an interview with Kathy Brodie and Sir Michael Marmot which discussed how health and social inequalities impact the early years. It was broadcast on Kathy’s new Early Years TV platform, where she interviews experts on different subjects each week. If you haven’t done so already, check it out here.  Sir Michael…

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25th June 2018

Increasing White Working Class Attainment

Earlier this month TES revealed that almost half (47%) of schools with a high percentage of White British pupils are ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ while on 18% of similarly deprived schools with Non-White British pupils hold these ratings. While some believe this shows that Ofsted penalises schools in white working class communities, Amanda Spielman, Ofsted…

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22nd June 2018

Do your parents understand the importance of play?

Parents are often so keen to get their child to be high achievers that they can sometimes push them to learn things before they’re ready. It’s natural in our society for parents to want their children to do well academically, but as Childcare Professionals it can fall onto our shoulders to encourage parents to set…

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14th June 2018

How to protect yourself and your nursery

Most childcare providers have processes in place to reduce the likelihood that a serious incident could happen in their setting. We all hope that nothing goes wrong at our nurseries. But are processes and hope enough? We spoke to Jackie Hyde, insurance expert and Director of dot2dot Nursery Insurance, to get her 5 top tips…

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6th June 2018

Kelly from Babblebrooke Day tells us her thoughts on Connect’s Nursery Management Software

Founded in 2013, Babblebrooke is a Loughborough based day nursery providing a fabulous childcare experience for all children aged from 3 months to five years. Managing director Kelly Hutton tells us about her experience with Connect Childcare and their nursery management software. We had only been open three weeks when we contacted Connect Childcare but we were…

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